June 18, 2024

The Mets made a few roster changes on Wednesday afternoon, including the release of reliever Jorge Lopez and catcher Omar Narvaez.

The Mets also placed reliever Shintaro Fujinami (who had been pitching for Triple-A Syracuse) on the 60-day injured list and picked catcher Joe Hudson’s contract, adding him to the 40-man roster and transferring him to Triple-A.

Hudson, along with reliever Cole Sulser and third baseman Brett Baty, will go to London as part of the club’s taxi squad. The Mets will be able to activate a position player as the 27th man on the roster for the weekend series, but manager Carlos Mendoza said on Wednesday that they had yet to decide whether it would be Hudson or Baty.

 

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Lopez and Narvaez had previously been designated for assignment, with Lopez’s move occurring after the right-hander was ejected from a game against the Dodgers for throwing his glove into the stands and making disrespectful remarks about the franchise during his postgame media availability.

 

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Narvaez, on the other hand, was designated for assignment after failing to make an impact with his bat or behind the plate, allowing Luis Torrens to be acquired in a deal with the Yankees.

Fujinami signed with the Mets this offseason as a potential major – relief arm, but he battled with command during spring training and was later optioned to the minors. He was placed on a 15-day IL in mid-May due to a right shoulder ailment.

Hudson, 33, was traded to the Mets in April and has played 19 games with Triple-A Syracuse.

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